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With heavy agenda, Abbasi due in Kabul on Friday

With heavy agenda, Abbasi due in Kabul on Friday

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Apr 05, 2018 - 17:06

KABULinfo-icon: (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon on Thursday confirmed Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will be visiting Kabul tomorrow (Friday) at the invitation of President Ashraf Ghani.

Prime Minister Abbasi will undertake a daylong visit to Kabul on Friday (April 6), the Pakistani Foreign Office said in a statement to the media.

The statement said the premier is visiting Kabul in the backdrop of Pakistan's support to President Ghani's peace offer to the Talibaninfo-icon for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon and strengthening bilateral engagement.

Abbasi will have “in-depth consultations” with Afghan President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on matters of mutual interest, the FO said.

It explained the matters to be discussed including strengthening bilateral political, economic, security and counter-terrorism cooperation, return of Afghan refugees, combating drug production and narco-trade, Afghan peace process and regional political and security situation.

The Prime Minister will also meet senior Afghan political leaders.

The statement said Pakistan will continue to support Afghanistan's development efforts through capacity building in infrastructure, educational and healthinfo-icon sectors in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan also aspires to deepen people to people contacts. In this regard, the Prime Minister would discuss with the Afghan leadership ways to facilitate travel between the two countries, assist educationinfo-icon and medical treatment of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and expand trade and transit facilitation between the two countries.”

To promote regional economic integration, the two countries are participating in key trans-regional initiatives namely Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and Central Asia - South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000).

The Prime Minister recently joined Afghan President in Herat to inaugurate the TAPI gas pipeline project.

The two sides are also engaged in undertaking major bilateral rail-road connectivity projects.

Earlier in the day, Pakistani ambassador in Kabul said Pakistan’s Prime Abbasi’s upcoming visit would help open new chapter of good will and friendly relations with Afghanistan.

Ambassador Zahid Nasrullah Khan said the destinies of the two countries were interlinked. He expressed the view while addressing a gathering at Pakistan’s embassy to mark Pakistan’s National Day.

The Pakistani diplomatic mission in Kabul celebrated Pakistan’s Day on Thursday which was attended by more than 300 Afghan dignitaries, academia, civil societyinfo-icon, media, and colleagues from Diplomatic Corps & International Organizations and Pakistani Community, according to a statement.

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